A process through which a metal is applied with an elongated flap or a ribbon made of metal is known as metal strapping. Metal strapping is very important for the purposes of stabilizing, combining, reinforcing, holding or fastening a metal. Metal strapping majorly those made of steel are commonly used since they have high tensile strength with minimal stretch. Metal strapping usually come in a variety of thicknesses, widths as well as the various grades of a metal. Metal strappings also require some finish on the surface such as wax, paints, zinc or even bluing. Using wax as a surface finish is essential for enhancing transmission of tension around a bundle. Purposes such as bundling items together as well as easier handling and shipping is greatly enhanced by the use of metal strapping. Metal strappings also helps in attaching items, for reinforcement as well as securing unit loads such as of metal parts.
Metal strapping requires that once the strap has been tensioned, it be sealed to itself. There are various joints that can be used to seal metal strappings such as seal and notch joint, seal less joint, use of a seal and crimp as well as through welding to seal them. These seals are in various shapes which depends on where they are to be used. Use of seals on metal strappings can be done once tension has been applied or before tension has been applied. There are two types of tools necessary for metal strapping which include use of strapping machine or use of hand tools. Both the two types of tools require a dispenser which is used in the process of dispensing the strap. All in all, both the tools can either be operated manually or they can be automatic.
When handling the metal strapping, there are precautions one has to take in order to prevent occurrence of accidents or injuries. The min important measures is to have worn a protective gear such as safety glasses and thick gloves to protect a person in case the metal strappings happen to lash out once they are cut. Use of proper tools is also important to promise for ones safety when cutting and sealing the metal strappings and never at any time should one use tolls nort meant for working with metal strapping. A person working with metal strapping should also at all times maintain a safe distance in case the strapping lashes out as well as when cutting them, it should be done in square shapes as this prevents coming up with edge that are sharp and pointed hence minimizing the chances of an injury. Finally, cleanliness of the working environment should be maintained by ensuring that all scarps present a removed regularly and this prevents the occurrence of injuries.